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Before the Mechanics Lien: How to Serve a Pre-Lien Notice in Arizona

This article will address the question of how to file a mechanics lien in Arizona. Before you can file a mechanic’s lien in Arizona, everyone, whether a general, sub, or supplier, must serve a preliminary 20-Day Notice. Here is the rundown on how these notices work.  Name of the Pre-Lien Notice Arizona Preliminary 20-Day Lien Notice.                                                 Who Must Uses this Notice Unlike other states which require a Pre-Lien Notice to be served only by subcontractors and suppliers, Arizona requires ...
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Enforcing a Mechanic’s Lien With Ambiguous Drawings or Specifications

Everyone logically wants to maximize their chances to claim the full amount owed in a possible mechanics lien.  Especially as to larger commercial projects, the prospect of working with ambiguous drawings or specifications is very real.  Unfortunately, many contractors do not alert the owner or design professionals in the bidding process and defer it to another day.  This is the worst mistake you can make because it will directly impact your right to file mechanic’s lien if a dispute later ...
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New York Mechanics Liens: How Hard Are They to Discharge?

After a New York mechanics lien is filed, is there anyway an owner can bring a motion in court to discharge that lien filing before trial?  There certainly is, but it is important to understand the limitations. This involves New York lien statute 19(6) which allows the owner to apply for a summary discharge order of the mechanic’s lien in New York. Many think it is a “mini trial” in which the amount of the lien, how much services were ...
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